AUDIO: Sister Sledge Lost In Music at Tramlines

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Disco queens Sister Sledge today promised Tramlines fans they really will be Lost In Music - just like the title of one of their global smash hits.

They headline the Saturday night main stage on Devonshire Green which is set to become the biggest disco party the city has ever seen.

We Are Family, He’s The Greatest Dancer and chart topper Frankie will see to that.

They are just some of the endless Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards-produced mega hits which turned the real life sisters into world conquering superstars at the height of the disco era.

These days the band is led by sisters Debbie and Joni Sledge, who spoke exclusively to The Star by phone from New York, ahead of their city date.

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Daughters of Broadway tap dancer Edwin Sledge and actress Florez Sledge, gran Viola Williams was an opera singer and they started out as Mrs William’s Grandchildren. Mum was manager and tour bus driver. We Are Family was to be an apt title for one of their future hits.

Sister Sledge had some success but when Atlantic Records connected them with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards it changed everything with the release of We Are Family in 1979.

Nile has had an amazing career, including writing and producing for everyone from David Bowie to Madonna.

He was recently back at number one with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

And Sister Sledge are making plans to work with him again in the near future, revealed Debbie.

“We are going to be very lost in music. We are very excited to come to Sheffield. We are looking forward to having fun with the audience.”

Joni added: “Festivals are always amazing because there’s so many people and all connected.

“We get so much love, especially from the UK. It’s one of the best places to perform.

“Nile and Bernard were super talented, very creative people and we really hit it off with them.

Debbie said of Nile: “He’s just incredible and we feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such great musicians and artistes.

“When did we start to feel the magic? There’s no doubt about it, when you find yourself grooving to your own music, you know it’s magic.

“We didn’t have any idea how great a success it would be but we knew it was good music.”